ALLENSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Bookworms are always welcome at a central Pennsylvania library, but a different kind of critter has kept patrons away from the building for more than a week.

The Allensville branch of the Mifflin County library has been closed since Feb. 10 because of the putrid smell from a skunk that may still be prowling among the stacks.

Library employees can’t find the skunk or get rid of the odor. Menno Township has enlisted a professional trapper to find it.

Supervisor Harold Johnson Jr. doubts the skunk is in the building. Johnson believes it was outside near a ventilation unit, which would explain why the smell is evident both inside and outside the library.

Information from: The Sentinel,

AP-ES-02-20-09 1320EST

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